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PIA Press Release
2009/10/12

Prices of vegetables soar threefold after Pepeng

by Cristina Arzadon

Laoag City (12 October) -- Supply of agricultural products in the market are running low while prices are soaring high in the aftermath of typhoon Pepeng.

Based on the price and supply monitor of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics here, fish products are scarce while prices of vegetable products coming from Baguio have gone up three-folds from their price levels before the typhoon.

Common Baguio vegetables that registered price increases include beans (from P80 per kilo to up to P200 per kilo), cabbage (from P40 per kilo to up to P180 per kilo) and carrots (from P80 per kilo to up to P200 per kilo).

Jackelyn Baldovi, statistician, noted that there was a limited supply of locally-produced vegetables like ampalaya, sitaw, eggplant, tomato and squash yesterday (Sunday) while their prices doubled beginning October 9.

Fish products like bangus, galungong and tilapia have maintained their price levels but supply was limited.

Ilocos Norte’s agricultural sector took the most beating due to week-long rains dumped by typhoon Pepeng registering total damages of more than P218 million.

In the capital city, meanwhile, Laoag Mayor Michael Fariñas has ordered concerned city department heads to speed up the rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged structures from street and traffic lights, school buildings and houses.

Fariñas gave the city engineering department before the month ends to restore all streetlights in downtown area and repair government offices and school buildings.

"I want to see those lights up before October ends," he said.

The mayor said residents whose homes were destroyed could avail of the city’s core-shelter program under the Gawad Kalinga project.

The city government hopes to build up to 120 units of duplex-type houses to be used by typhoon victims although the housing project was intended as a low-cost housing program for city residents.

The city social welfare and development office said 29 families whose homes were destroyed could be relocated to the GK housing site.

This early, Fariñas has started reviewing the city’s budget so that more funds could be allocated for the purchase of relief goods including generators and chainsaws.

He said the generators could be utilized by evacuees in various evacuation centers during typhoons because power supply is immediately cut off during stormy weather. (PIA) [top]

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